Kyler Sherman-Wilkins

Kyler Sherman-Wilkins
Assistant Professor

Academic Interests

  • Sociology of aging and the life course
  • Social disparities in physical, mental, and cognitive health
  • Time use in the United States social demography intersectionality quantitative research in the social sciences survey methodology

Top Scholarly Accomplishments


Pudrovska, Tetyana, Eric Reither, *Ellis Logan, and *Kyler J. Sherman-Wilkins. 2014.  “Gender and Reinforcing Associations Between Socioeconomic Disadvantage and Body Mass over the Life Course.”  Journal of Health and Social Behavior PubMed ID: 25138198.


  • 2017 Sherman-Wilkins, Kyler J. “Testing Life Course Patterns of Inequality in Cognitive  Aging among Older Adults: An Integrated Person-Centered and Variable-Centered  Approach.” Paper to be presented at the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population’s International Population Conference, Cape Town, South Africa.
  • 2016 Sherman-Wilkins, Kyler J., Brianne Pragg, and Jonathan M. Reader. “Time Spent  in Interactive Parenting Across Family Forms: Does Family Complexity Matter?”  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Center for Research on Families & Relationships International Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
  •  2015 Sherman-Wilkins, Kyler J. “The Effect of Work and Parental Role Occupancy and Role Performance on Exercise Participation among U.S. Adults.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, Chicago, IL.

Honors and Awards

  • 2016 National Academy of Sciences’ Ford Dissertation Fellowship (Honorable Mention)
  • 2015 Graduate Student Paper Award, Society for the Study of Social Problems ($250) 2013 Golden Key International Honor Society (Penn State Chapter)
  • 2013 SOLID Scholar Award for Undergraduate Advising, Penn State

Fellowships and Grants

  • 2017  Population Research Bureau Travel Fellowship (~$2,000)
  • 2016 U.S. Policy Communication Training Fellow, Population Reference Bureau
  • 2013–2015 Eunice Kennedy Shriver NICHD Pre-Doctoral Traineeship (T-32HD007514), Population Research Institute, Penn State ($44,508).

Previous Experience

  • 2015–2017, Summer Lecturer, The Pennsylvania State University
  • 2012–2017, PhD Student and Graduate Research Assistant, The Pennsylvania State University


Maywood, IL


  • Running
  • Cooking
  • Fine dining
  • Travel
  • Political activism
  • Theatre
  • Art

Future Goals and Aspirations

Further advance my research agenda focusing on the social determinants of cognitive aging disparities within the U.S. context. I also hope to form productive collaborations with other academic departments and community centers to improve the aging experience for Missourians, and the U.S. population at large.

Life Outside the University

I am an amateur thespian and all-around theatre enthusiast. You are likely to see me on stage or volunteering for the local theatre sometime in the near future. I'm also an advocate for social justice, and I love to show my support for causes that I believe in.  If there is a rally pushing for social justice here in Springfield, I'm likely to be there.